Monday, November 05, 2007

Writers On Strike

I understand the writer's position. It is not unreasonable. One of the real dangers I see with that position is that most of the producers and studios they are dealing with are not "show folks." If the entire television industry collapses, the studios fall and the entertainment industry degenerates further into an abyss of "reality" shows and FoxNews, the agents of that destruction will shrug their shoulders and go off to peddle the same junk bonds and engineering the stripping of assets and firing of all employees six months from retirement that they were doing before their uncles got them jobs in Hollywood.

The last writers strike was an absolute bitch. A lot of very good writers ended up waiting tables beside the actors who were hoping for a script to take them out of the coffee shop.

For the best information I've seen on the strike, for up to the minute information on progress in negotiations or a lack of progess in those same negotiations look to United Hollywood

I'm already planning my life without them. It's too bad. That is, however, how life goes. I was looking for a way to survive as a musician when I found the jingle game and it was very good to me for a very long time. I needed to be able to stay home and actually be present in the lives of my children, I needed a stable and safe environment to teach myself how to live a clean and sober life. It gave me all of those things.

If it is time to move on, I do so from a position of strength and confidence that I got from my time in this part of the industry.

Thanks Hollywood. I will never forget and will always be thankful for the second chance you gave to me and my children. What ever happens We'll always have Paris. Here's looking at YOU kids.



Blogger seventh sister said...

Will teh strike effect the recording industry as well? a lot of records are made by sending computer files to different locations for folks add their parts. Maybe you can get in on some of that.

1:37 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Since I watch very little tv at night, I guess I won't miss them.

Why can't Fox News just go on strike for like forever?

2:47 PM  
Blogger pogo2 said...

MB, long time no see. Blogger got to be too much for me. Coming to visit your beautiful neck of the woods - actually Flagstaff, but closer than here - next week. The writers and studios will come to terms - neither can survive without the other, and it is, after all, a business in business to make money.

Started trying to learn a little slide stuff - drop D only so far. Man do I suck at it, but it is fun. Bought little pogo a BC Rich Assasin with all the phase shift and pickup split gizmos for Xmas - absolutely gorgeous axe - red flamed top, and man what a nice action on that neck.

7:44 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

so very cool. i love the rich axes. they sound almost as good as they look. they are great midrange student axes, because visuals are so important to that crowd.

my two favorite slide tunings are

DGDGBD (going bass to treble) for G work. that's the main tuning used by dobro players (you can also find some decent chord charts out there on the net but essentially they are the same fingered chords as on a 5 string banjo)


DADF#AD (a D chord) this is the best for electric blues. elmore james and a lot of the old electric bottleneck guys use this one. by applying the capo you can hit easily in E, A, and of course, D. it's not as good for any fingering work, but for straight ahead electric blues it rocks.

8:05 AM  
Blogger pogo2 said...

I've heard a lot of criticism of the Rich guitars as being just another Korean axe, but they look, feel and sound really good to me. How's the Variax working out for you? Still like it? In a few years when (if) Little Pogo progresses beyond the Rich level, and as you know, he'll tire of it eventually, what guitars should I look at for him? No need to mention PRS, Gibson LP,SG or 335 or Fender Strat- they are always on my short list.

It's that second tuning I was referring to. I do like it.

8:34 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

when he's ready for the gibsons and fenders i suggest doing what i did with my nephew last year. i bought him a epiphone SG on sale, then one month we put a set of schaler tuners on it, next month we put a killer seymore duncan jazz pickup at the neck, then we beefed up the bridge, then we put a "dimebucker" at at the bridge position. he was playing it at a friend's house not long ago where there was an off the rack SG from guitar center that cost 1,200 on sale. thing was the kid that owned it only wanted to goof with my nephew's axe.

unless you're dealing with the gibson custom shop or the master builders at fender i reccomend to people to grab themselves an epi or a squier and learn how to swap out the parts themselves.

also, carvin has a superb strat kit. you get routed and carved body and neck, all ready to finish and a great prewired harness. for under $500 you end up with a 2,000 axe.

8:41 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i love my variax so fucking much that i recently bought another. the only complaint i really have with it is that except for switching between standard tunings and slide work in the middle of a song a guitar set up for regular playing does not work all that well for slide. on my slide guitars i like higher action and the thickest strings imaginable.

the changes i made on the variax are pretty standard changes for any guitar i play. i swapped out for a standard fender strat neck, schaler tuners, and a factory standard strat bridge. the neck fits perfectly and give the feel i like so much. i haven't measured to see if a gibson paul or sg neck would fit, but i'd bet it will. four hole bolt ons tend to be four hole bolt ons.

i run the variax through a line 6 spider III 150w hooked to a PODxt. that gives full programming control on both the amp and the guitar.

more to follow on some of the technical geek stuff. i was working on a post containing some of that stuff right when you started dropping comments.

8:53 AM  
Blogger pogo2 said...

Great - thanks for the info. You think like I do. I'm very happy with my Epi and Squire (although even I recognoze that the Epi pickups could use some help). In fact, I might just get that Carvin for myself -I've always wanted a natural finished strat but never ran across one I was willing to strip and finish, and would like to have an extra guitar to set the action a little higher and use for open tuning and slide stuff now that I'm messing with that. Now that I replaced the tuners, bridge and pickups on my old Indian Squier II strat - the pickups are some prewired kit I got off the I-net after reading a zillion user comments - no-names, but quiet and powerful - I'll be repacing them with something like SDs or DiMarzios one day if I get a few extra bucks (they are a SSH config), Li'l Pogo loves my strat (as does my teacher - a 40 y.o. metalhead GIA grad who is a pretty phenomenal player - and the guys at the music store in town).

8:59 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

when i finished the strats i build i used many, many coats of tung oil that were followed by about eight coats of clear marine lacquer. all smoothed and polished between coats. it took about a month with a day of curing in between coats. The richness and deep shine of that finish on the swamp ash body and maple neck always produce visual envy with other players, then when they pick it up and feel it they get all orgasmic and shit.

9:42 AM  

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